Lithuanian League (LKL) 2011/2012
The latest update regarding the LKL -after federation meeting it was decided that the number of the teams for the next season will be 12,so the appeal by Alytus team to prolong the stay in LKL was dismissed by the virtue of them coming last in regular season.But...if Naglys team will not find suitable solution for the home court games,Alytus will displace them in LKL.
My personal view is that Naglis should wait and see if can they built arena that meets requirements,and only then be reactivated in LKL. Unfortunately for them it means them needing to win NKL again and winning the play-off with last LKL team.For me ,i do not see for the team without home support being successfully or worthy LKL status.
The biggest news( and saddest) although should be dismantlement of Perlas team and them selling the license to Pasvalys. Perlas had good thing going on,much more exciting and useful for Lithuanian basketball than Kaunas/Atletas/Skaisciai whatever they were called put all together.
Which brings me nicely to the finish - Kaunas has been bought by Romanov from Barstys(i am not sure if it is official yet or it ever will be),which perhaps would make them officially Zalgiris's farm club
So no more free rides for Rudupys or siauliai i guess.
That would make them very strong contenders for bronze medals straight away,no less.
Another interesting development with Sakalai -
there was some commotion and power struggle between shareholders/part owners of the club,which resulted departure of one mr Guoga,our saviour for NT in the world 2010 championships(he was the one who paid "blood" money).
So Mr Guoga left the club with immediate effect,followed by the comments of his nemesis and survival - mr Kiausas -
who said that Guoga did not pay all the monies he promised (only 350000 litas out of 500000 promised),which is not bad in any case,and that he was not aware of guogas' plans for Sakalai to play for free in lrytas arena in the next season and get most of the Perlas players.
What mr Kiausas has to offer is some mysterious 2 backers who would invest more money in the club than Guoga would and some not very convincing arguments that Sakalai would prosper at some point(i assume just survive) in the next season.
Now,the most interesting part is where he says that there are only 2 people in lith basketball fedaration (or LKL) who can speak their mind freely - him and Romanov,which probably put all the dots on i.
Now,i am big fan of romanov supporting ZAlgiris,and no more less about him having second team with Kaunas.
But this goes a bit too far for my liking.
now here is my personal opinion -
Regarding Guoga - he is very good poker player,and as well as owner of the betting company,which very well concludes to the fact that he gambled with money by paying entry fee for NT team and got so much more than his initial investment by becoming household name etc.
Regarding romanov - he should stop there and now .
Two teams are enough.